Mass Building leg Workout
Project Jacked Wheels: It’s Time to Build a Set of Beast Legs
If you want to have a powerful “alpha” physique, you need to build a solid base and foundation. This means that you can never skip leg day and that you must place a huge emphasis on developing tree trunk legs.
It’s an unfortunate fact that many people just starting out at the gym focus primarily on their upper body, however this is just going to slow down their overall progress. It’s very important to not “spot build” and to focus on developing an impressive base and foundation to secrete maximum anabolic hormones like testosterone, and build lean muscle mass head to toe.
Many people don’t train their legs because they are not concerned with how their lower body looks and are only concerned with their beach body muscles. Let’s dive into this concept and debunk this myth very quickly.
The Beach Body Muscle Myth
If you don’t train your legs you are first of all minimizing your anabolic hormone release. Your anabolic hormones are the most powerful thing that can sky rocket your lean muscle building capabilities and consist of hormones such as testosterone, human growth hormone, insulin, and IGF-1.
There is a direct relation to lifting heavy weight and increasing these vital anabolic hormones.
Two of your body’s largest and strongest muscle groups are located in your lower body (quadriceps and hamstrings.) If you neglect these muscles you are really cutting your muscle building potential short because you will not be secreting the maximum amount of anabolic hormones.
This means that when you train your upper body you will actually be weaker as a result of this. Although you have large muscle groups in your upper body such as your pectorals, lats and rhomboids – 2 of your body’s 5 largest muscle groups are your hamstrings and quadriceps.
Because many guys are only concerned with developing their chest, biceps and abs they often neglect leg day – but this is actually taking them farther away from their goal physique.
Even if your primary focus is how your biceps, abs and pectorals look, you still need to perform 1 maximum intensity leg day per week. This can be as simple as working in 5 heavy sets of squats and deadlifts per week.
However if you want maximum results you need to blast through leg day with conviction and passion, hitting your quads and hamstrings like you mean it! We are going to dive into the ultimate leg workout in the following section.
Rules to the Best Leg Training Workouts
- Heavy Lifts on Compound Exercises
The 1st rule is that you have to put a lot of overload on your leg muscles because they will only hypertrophy and respond to an increase in overload. This means that you need to perform the major leg exercises like the SQUAT (3-10 rep range), and also stiff legged deadlifts and leg presses in the 6-8-repetition range.
While your favorite bodybuilder may do high repetition leg workouts on youtube, you have to keep in mind that there is a decent chance that they are likely on steroids and will respond to any type of overload and stimulus. Even if they are not – at some point in their training career they put the maximum amount of overload on their leg muscles with heavy squats and deadlifts – then once they hit their ideal lean body mass number they dialed it back and performed more high repetition leg exercises.
The moral of the story here is: for a natural bodybuilder or athlete, DON’T BE AFRAID TO SQUAT HEAVY! SKIP THE MACHINES!
- The Best Leg Exercises
It is a good idea to be training your leg muscles with a variety of proven muscle building exercises. The compound exercises like the squat and deadlift should be the big staples in your regimen, and then you can also add in other high intensity quadricep and hamstring exercises.
The best leg exercises (aside the staples which are hands down the most important) will consist of an array of different exercises such as the dumbbell lunge, dumbbell Step up, dumbbell Bulgarian split squat, dumbbell deadlift on a deficit, calf raise, weighted dumbbell squat jumps, sumo squats, barbell lunges, machine leg curls and leg extensions. This is just the tip of the iceberg of potential leg exercises at your arsenal! Reminder: focus 80% of your effort on heavy compound lifts.
- Progressive Overload
One of the best strategies for maximizing your lean muscle building capability is the concept of progressive overload with your leg workouts. This means that you will accurately track your workouts from week to week and write down your weight and repetitions.
Say for example you did the barbell squat and you did 225 lbs for 7 repetitions. The following workout you will note this before you start and you will make sure you push yourself to do 225 lbs at 8 repetitions. This lays the foundation to progressive overload and will assure that you are getting bigger and stronger legs. Aim to make a little progress every workout, it will add up over time.